BIO 150. Biological Inquiry (with lab). 4 Hours.
Students in Biology 150 will advance their knowledge of biology (from the ecosystem level to the molecular level), learn and practice skills essential to biological inquiry, and integrate scientific ways of knowing into their development as liberally educated, engaged citizens. Individually and in teams, students will work with research organisms commonly used In the discipline, read the primary literature, and develop their observational and analytical, and quantitative (especially statistical) skills. Students will also develop oral and written communication skills through informal discussions, oral presentations, and written reports of their experimental work, which will benefit from the peer-review process.
The Department of Biology offers a major in Biology that emphasizes the development of scientific skills and competencies necessary for understanding living systems and critical analysis of scientific claims. In five foundation courses (BIO 150, 212, 214, CHEM 123 and 124 which should be completed in the first four semesters) students are introduced to hypothesis testing, experimental design, data analysis and interpretation while investigating ecology, evolution, genetics, cell biology, and the chemical foundations of life. They will engage with current scientific literature and learn to communicate scientific information in written and oral formats. To enroll in Bio 214, students must have earned a 'C' or better in BIO 212 and have completed CHEM 123. Students select from a diverse array of upper division courses to build upon this foundation. Finally, all majors will take BIO 400, an upper division core course that relies upon and enhances their foundational knowledge and skills as they investigate questions in evolutionary and integrative biology.
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